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8 Cheaper Alternatives To Popular European Destinations

Thrillist | Posted 05.13.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

We mapped out eight under-the-radar alternatives to popular European destinations, based on the kind of activity you're looking for. Adventure sports, wine tastings, the beach?! These secondary spots are equally as awesome, just a whole lot cheaper.

The Exceptional Traveler: Underrated Ushuaia, Argentina--Southernmost Town in the World.

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 06.09.2015 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

At the tip of South America where the last sliver of Argentina meets the sea, lies the town of Ushuaia. Once small and rustic known primarily to backpackers visiting Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia has evolved.

The 10 Worst Airline Fees To Ever Exist

Hopper.com | Posted 06.06.2015 | Travel
Hopper.com

To help you navigate the complex tangle of costs that now go hand-­in­-hand with air travel, check out this list of the 10 worst airline fees.

The Exceptional Traveler: Saanenland -- Idyllic Pleasures in the Swiss Alps

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 03.10.2015 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

The two-bedroom apartment was located in Saanen and the balcony overlooked a rushing river. By the time we got off the phone, I knew that Geneva was the nearest airport and a connecting train left from within the terminal.

The Exceptional Traveler: The Delights of Puerto Vallarta Off Season

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 11.11.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." -- Miriam Beard How To Do Except...

The Exceptional Traveler: Exquisite, Affordable Vermont in the Fall (and Winter)

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 10.16.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

I've been to Hokkaido -- it is indeed gorgeous -- but if you're willing to swap fish who've never seen a freezer for farmhouse cheddar wrapped in chestnut leaves and warm maple syrup, Vermont is just as remarkable for a fraction of the time and cost.

Travellers Splash Cash on Exotic Locations

HotelsCombined.com | Posted 11.25.2014 | Travel
HotelsCombined.com

While taking a holiday is rarely a cheap endeavour, the countries listed are once-in-a-lifetime holiday locations.

The Exceptional Traveler: Are You Sure You Want to Sign Up for That Tour?

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 11.03.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Sri Lanka has absolutely everything a traveler could want. Miles of sugary beaches lined with palm trees, wildlife reserves, ancient ruins that house massive Buddhas, historic colonial towns, a bounty of tropical fruits -- and it's safe.

Maza's Story: A Mexican Street Dog Finds Refuge in Manhattan

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 10.06.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

The first time I saw her, she was dragging a heavy chain fastened around her neck. Each step the skinny and weak dog took was an effort painful to watch. From the first moment I saw Maza, something about her told me she wanted more than a full stomach and a place to be safe; this dog wanted to be part of a family.

The Exceptional Traveler: My First Date with Airbnb

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 09.10.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

When my recent housesitting assignment in the southwest corner of Mallorca was over, it was the perfect opportunity to give Airbnb a try.

The Exceptional Traveler: A Traveler's Alternative to Assisted Living

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 08.05.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

I considered many options and countries before deciding to rent a house in Mexico. We came close in Panama, but moving my mother to a property beneath a volcano... well, I wasn't setting myself up for those endless family jokes.

The Exceptional Traveler: One-Week No Hassle Getaways

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Think small. Delve deep into a place you'll remember all of your life. When you see how effortless it is to travel this way, you'll be eager to begin planning the next trip.

The Exceptional Traveler: Adventure in the Caribbean

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 06.10.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Any typical resort vacation in the Caribbean can be turned into an exciting adventure by taking advantage of the reliable and inexpensive ferry system that connects many of the islands.

The Exceptional Traveler: Travel on $1200 a Month! Part II

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

The response to my last post, 'Travel On $1200 a Month!' was enthusiastic, but I received many emails from people wondering if I could travel so cheaply only because I was in Mexico. Happily, this is not true.

The Exceptional Traveler: City and Country

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 03.25.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Whether you have a week, ten days or two weeks to get away from it all, a well established travel philosophy of mine is to visit both city and countryside on every trip.

The Exceptional Traveler: The Currency Exchange Game

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Many people like to have some cash when they arrive in a new country. I know I do. Airports and hotels worldwide are notorious for low conversion rates, so you need to do a little research at home before leaving.

The Exceptional Traveler: The Mileage Game

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Tickets to Europe that were $500 two years ago, are now $1,000. If you look closely at the breakdown, you'll see that the base ticket price is still the same $500; it's the increased taxes, security fees, fuel surcharges, etc. that account for the whopping additional $500!

The Exceptional Traveler: Travel and Volunteer

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Depending upon what you enjoy doing, you can combine travel and volunteering in virtually any part of the world. Here's one suggestion for people who like to drive, take beautiful walks, be dazzled by nature and world-class views, relish peace and quiet, and seriously love animals.

7 Great Ways To Travel Cheaper And More Often

Next Avenue | Stephanie Oswald | Posted 10.01.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Stephanie Oswald Fall travel season is here, offering endless possibilities for your next trip. One fringe benefit o...

The Exceptional Traveler: Live a Good Life

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 11.18.2013 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Whatever you do, do it well. If your dream is to travel, it doesn't matter if you're afraid. Go anyway. Make it a good life.

The Exceptional Traveler: Think Globally, Not Locally

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 11.05.2013 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

I want you to "think outside the box," or in this case more precisely, "think outside the country."

The Exceptional Traveler: House Rentals

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 10.22.2013 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

You have to take the time to find out how much things actually cost or you can't negotiate to do exceptional things less expensively. When I'm visiting a place I think I'd like to return to, I start talking to people.

The Exceptional Traveler: Housesitting

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 10.10.2013 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

I'm a big fan of house rentals and housesitting, having done both many times in different parts of the world, from Morocco to Carriacou in the Caribbean. Not only can it be arranged within any budget, there is no better way to learn about another country and become part of the community.

The Exceptional Traveler: Don't Own a Car!

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 07.26.2013 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

I know this sounds radical, perhaps even anti-American, but if you choose to live in a place where a car isn't essential, you will save a ton of money during your lifetime. This was a deliberate decision I made in order to have the freedom to travel.

The Exceptional Traveler

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 09.09.2013 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

How do you do exceptional things inexpensively? So select a place you've always wanted to see, get a ticket and go. Travel light. Talk to strangers. And follow these tips.